Ifugao organizes anti-hunger task force
by Dan B. Codamon
Lagawe, Ifugao (23 January) -- To ensure that the poor and disadvantaged Ifugao households will no longer experience hunger and food shortages in the coming years, the Provincial Government through the Provincial Planning and Development Office recently organized the Provincial Anti-Hunger Task Force (PAHTF).
The organization is by virtue of Executive Order No.46 issued by Governor Teddy Baguilat Jr. last October 2009 creating the Task Force as a result of a survey conducted in 2007showing that a significant number of households in Ifugao experienced hunger and have income below food threshold.
This is also to implement the Provincial Development Plan covering 2005-2010 which aims to achieve food sufficiency in basic staples such as rice, corn, livestock and vegetables and in pursuance of the Philippine Millennium Development Goals issued by President Gloria Arroyo mandating the creation of regional and provincial anti-hunger task forces.
Since the primary purpose of this program is the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, the PAHTF is presently consolidating its plan to address the plight of the 437 initially identified in Ifugao as food-poor families from the different municipalities.
Aguinaldo registered the highest number of families experiencing food shortage with 137, Lamut with 90, Alfonso Lista with 79, Banaue with 48, Hingyon 44, Hungduan with 41 and Lagawe with 25.
These families will be given interventions for hunger mitigation and food security under the Integrated Area Development Assistance Program (IADAP) such as palay seeds, assorted vegetable seeds, fruit seedlings and fingerlings.
Furthermore, they will be trained on food processing, organic farming, fish technology, agro-forestry, other income generating projects such as goat raising, piglet dispersal, cattle loans and other livestock farming to alleviate them from poverty.
To facilitate the coordination, complementation and convergence of services and resources, the PAHTF shall be under the Provincial Nutrition Office (PNO) to implement the immediate Anti- Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP) composed of the respective heads of office of the Provincial Government, the League of Municipalities of Ifugao, National Government Agencies with provincial offices and non-government organizations especially faith-based organizations operating in the province.
The heads of the provincial departments implementing one or more AHMP component programs are enjoined to ensure that hunger-mitigation programs are integrated in their annual investment plan, ensure their smooth implementation and advocate for their sustained support.
The PAHTF shall work closely with the Provincial Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) and shall be supported by a Secretariat composed of personnel designated by the department heads from the Office of the Provincial Governor, Provincial Planning and Development Office and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.
The operational funds will come from the budget of the Provincial Governor's Office or any available funds of the member agencies of the National Government and departments of the Provincial Government. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]